Victim: Huong Le
UPDATE 09/10/08: The victim, Huong Le, spent more than 10 hours in surgery, where surgeons worked to preserve her hearing and reattach her ears, both of which had been ripped from her head. Her jaw was broken and her right arm and wrist were crushed beyond repair. Her scalp is covered with staples and her legs have deep, raw wounds that cannot be completely closed due to trapping infection inside.
"This was not a dog bite, it was attempted dismemberment. There is no way to describe the savagery and carnage."
These words were spoken by Eric John Makus, who was raised by Le and regards her as his adopted mother. Makus has spoken with Le about the attack. She told him that the dogs pulled her down to the ground and she was kicking and screaming and trying to get away; the two dogs "tag-teamed" her. She said the dogs were trying to rip her apart and she thought she was going to die.
The attack came as victim activists in Seattle are proposing new restrictions and bans against the breed. Makus said he is now an advocate of the breed ban. "An attack like this is an attack on all of us. There is no room for this breed in our society, our city, our county, our state. It's a matter of public safety." DogsBite.org hopes local policymakers take heed of Makus's words and the condition in which Le resides.
09/08/08: Dogs Lived Several Blocks Away
SeaTac, WA - Sheriff's deputies shot and killed two pit bulls that were mauling an elderly woman in SeaTac this morning. The attack happened in the woman's front yard after she'd walked home after taking her grandchildren to the school bus and visiting with a neighbor. Authorities say the 71-year-old woman was still being attacked in her driveway when they arrived.
According to King County sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart, the woman took refuge nearby while a deputy shot and killed one of the dogs. The second dog ran off, but was shot and killed when it returned. "They were shot more than once," Urquhart said. The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center and was listed in serious but stable condition.
Sgt. David Morris of Animal Care and Control said there was no way she could have fought off the male pit bulls, named Big Guy and Rimshot. "It would be hard for a grown adult in prime shape to do that, let alone an elderly woman." The City of SeaTac classifies pit bulls as dangerous and requires that they be contained or muzzled. Violations of this code include the following:
6.05.900 Violation – Penalty. Any person who allows an animal to be maintained in violation of this chapter, or otherwise violates or fails to comply with any requirement of this chapter, shall be guilty of a violation of a City ordinance and shall be subject to punishment by fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) or imprisonment for a term not in excess of one (1) year, or both. (Ord. 90-1012 § 11)
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